Turkish residency permit 2014 update16th April 2014
Update regarding Residency permits, received by the British Consulate. UKinTurkey
The Turkish Ministry of the Interior “General Directorate of Migration Management (GDMM)” officially commenced operations in Turkey on 14th April 2014.
The GDMM will cover all aspects of migration controls ranging from resident permits, asylum, visa policy and illegal migration. They will not cover operations at passport controls or the physical border line, these will remain with the Turkish National Police (TNP) and Turkish military respectively.
In due course, the Law of Foreigners will provide a much more stable and predictable set of regulations for migration management in Turkey. It should see an end to the system of local control over resident permit fees and durations that often differed between province, city or even town.
However, the network of GDMM offices are not yet fully established and during the consolidation period, UK nationals should continue to apply for and renew their residence applications at the existing Turkish National Police (TNP) foreigners offices.
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We recognise there are a number of outstanding questions about the operation of the new system which have been asked to the GDMM and we expect to learn more about these issues at an international briefing to be held by the GDMM on 16th April. The Ministry of the Interior website www.goc.gov.tr is currently being updated with new links, information and an English language option to be available soon.
The briefing held yesterday by the General Directorate of Migration Management (GDMM) did not cover any specific details regarding the new application processes for residency permits. The focus was on the GDMM’s structure and policies and questions on such details were not answered by their officials.
We have today submitted detailed questions in writing to the GDMM about the process and await their reply.
Until the full network of GDMM offices are open later in the year a transition period will apply. During this time all applications will be taken by the local Foreigner’s Departments of the Turkish National Police (as before) and sent to Ankara for processing.
First time applicants for residence permits will be able to submit their applications in Turkey during this period.
We are aware of reports that some of Foreigner’s departments have been refusing to accept applications whilst they await further instruction from the GDMM in Ankara. However, we have been informed by the GDMM that applications should now be accepted at all TNP foreigners department offices - FURTHER INFORMATION TO FOLLOW
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